Excuse me, but there’s some economics in my literature (and bad economics at that)
I have a lot of books. Sadly, I don’t have the time to read all these books, and have a bad habit of buying them faster than I can read them. I like to think of these poor books as currently unemployed.
- Frictionally Unemployed Books: Books that I had to put off reading because I didn’t have time or had to read something else for school (I rarely read more than one book at a time). The problem here is if I don’t read them soon they might end up on the structurally unemployed list. Every single book on my need-to-read list falls under this category.
- Seasonally Unemployed Books: Books that are only needed during certain times of the year (like exam week) or under certain circumstances (like for projects or research papers). All of my reference and review books fall under this category, and even if I haven’t touched them in ages I’ll probably hold onto them “just in case.”
- Cyclically Unemployed Books: I usually like to shuffle genres between books so I don’t burn out on one type of literature. Cyclically unemployed books are those that I want to read but haven’t read yet because I’m working on another genre. Most of the books on my need-to-read list fall under this category.
- Structurally Unemployed Books: These are the saddest of the sad. All they want is someone to love them - sadly that person is not me. These books are books that I bought a long time ago but never read because they were replaced by other books, or series I started but outgrew before I finished them. These discouraged books sit on my shelves collecting dust until I am either hit by a wave of childhood nostalgia (unlikely) or pass them onto someone who will actually enjoy them.